A Secret History of Witches Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A sweeping historical saga that traces five generations of fiercely powerful mothers and daughters - witches whose magical inheritance is both a dangerous threat and an extraordinary gift.
Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her.
Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden.
But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever - not for simple potions or visions, but to change the entire course of history.
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 33 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 05 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,579 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3 in Alternate History Science Fiction
#5 in Occult Horror Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#9 in Alternate History
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The author, American I presume by the terrible spellings, postulates that the late Queen Mother was a witch, based on the evidence that one of her family was burned as a witch for what was clearly political reasons.
It is well known that both the late Queen Mother and Prince Charles are Druids. Whatever!
It really, really stretches the bounds of fiction to suggest, even if she were a sister of the craft, that the Queen Mother would share highly confidential info on D Day in this way, just plain ridiculous!
There was a New Forest Coven, which according to Doreen Valente made spells to repelled the German invaders, and Aliester Crowley did engage in secret war work.
Of course the female protagonists right through the novel are stunningly beautiful, sweet natured, clever, and succeed at all they touch, but that's why we all escape into novels
I had hoped that Veronique would work with the Forest coven, disappointing ending, with a cliffhanger no doubt for the next book.
One life follows another each with its own deep secrets, dreams and aspirations. Each faces up to a personal dilemma, some with more success than others.
Starting in 1821 when the family flee from Brittany and following the daughters as they mature and grow into their powers. Not all will make the right choice but each will pass on the spark that brings the scrying stone to life to the next. They will face the choices they made and live hard lives often fearful of discovery.
I really enjoyed the book but I felt it lacked a vital something.. it needed just a little spark somewhere to lift it into 5*'s. The end felt a little flat.. which was a shame because it's just so close to the next level.